The Fifth Annual Hyper-Realistic™ Intensive Surgical Skills Week (ISSC) Will Be Conducted at Strategic Operations May 1-6

Second Year Medical Students Immersed in Week-Long Series of Life
or Death Scenarios Involving Overturned Cars, Active Shooters and IEDs

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#cutsuit–A unique emergency room in San Diego will be inundated May 1-6 with
trauma casualties and very sick people requiring surgery, and second
year medical students will be those performing surgeries.

The trauma will result from overturned cars, active shooters, a
high-rise fire, and improvised explosive devices. Real firefighters,
paramedics, and police will be the first responders at the scene. All
this will occur at Strategic Operations (STOPS) on the back lot of Stu
Segall Productions TV/film studio and the ER and operating rooms are
simulation labs constructed for a very unique – one of
a kind in the nation – Intensive Surgical Skills Course (ISSC).

From May 1-6, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
(RVUCOM) in Parker, Colorado and Kansas City University of Medicine and
Biosciences (KCUMB) will conduct the ISSC at STOPS’ Simulation Lab.
Overhead catwalks and video camera systems enable live viewing and after
action review. Forty-five live-action, Hyper-Realistic™ simulations of
both medical and surgical problems will be created, immersing the
participants from point of injury all the way through the ER and OR.

Thirty-five surgeries will be performed on live humans – wearing
Strategic Operations’ simulators called “Cut Suits.”

Thirty-five second-year medical students, many teaching faculty and
visiting surgeons and physicians, as well as surgical and ER residents
and staff from Balboa Naval Hospital and University of California San
Diego Medical Center will participate.

“Medical students commonly state that they do not truly understand or
recognize a textbook description of a disease or a syndrome until they
experience the clinically applicable version of it,” said Strategic
Operations Executive Vice President Kit Lavell. “In efforts to reduce
the gaps in knowledge and technical skills prior to starting third-year
clinical clerkships as well as improve competencies and confidence, this
week-long ISSC mimics a General Surgery rotation.

Lavell said the ISSC will utilize the “Cut-Suit,” a human worn surgical
simulator, stress-immersion, and other educational modalities in an
effort to better prepare RVUCOM’s medical students for their third-year
surgical and emergency medicine rotations. RVUCOM was the first medical
school to incorporate the “Cut-Suit” into medical student education, and
when integrated into an ISSC, it can provide that hands-on experience
prior to clinical clerkships by presenting real-life scenarios to
medical students in a flexible, safe, efficient and cost-conscious

“The future is now. I am extremely enthusiastic about the work we are
doing with the Cut Suit Curriculum because medical education is no
longer able to assure surgical competency on animals or people as we
have historically practiced. We have the morale and ethical
responsibility to assure competency prior to allowing the engagement in
the independent practice of medicine and surgery,” said Dr. Clint Adams,
president of Rocky Vista University. “The Cut Suit is a quality
assurance tool and a gigantic leap forward in the assessment of
traumatized patients or the retention of skills such as ‘open surgical’
procedures. The vast majority of surgeries are now done via tiny
incisions with the introduction of a thin metal or flexible tube and a
tiny camera. Surgeons rarely ‘open’ an abdomen unless there is trouble.
So the skill of ‘open surgery’ is replicated in the Cut Suit and the
opportunity to maintain proficiency in this patient safe environment
will save lives.”

Rocky Vista University (RVU) is a health sciences university located in
Parker, Colorado. RVU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) was
founded in 2006 and opened its doors in August of 2008, enrolling
students in its four-year program of study leading to the Doctor of
Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. The University is located in a
145,000-square-foot contemporary facility on twenty acres, housing the
latest in classroom, lecture, laboratory and audiovisual equipment, with
additional instruction conducted at numerous teaching hospitals
throughout the state of Colorado. Rocky Vista University provides
quality healthcare education while inspiring students to serve with
compassion, integrity and excellence. For more information, visit or
call 720-875-2804.

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences graduates more
physicians annually than any other medical school in Missouri. Active in
the Kansas City medical community since 1916, KCUMB is one of the oldest
and largest of the nation’s 29 colleges of osteopathic medicine. KCUMB
is known as a leader in osteopathic medical education, with an
educational environment that emphasizes both academic excellence and the
education of caring physicians who place their patients’ needs above all
else. For more information, visit
or call 816-654-7000.

About Strategic Operations
Strategic Operations Inc., on the
lot of Stu Segall Productions, a full-service TV / movie studio in San
Diego, Calif., provides “Hyper-RealisticTM” training services
and products for military, law enforcement and other organizations
responsible for homeland security. The company employs state-of-the-art
Hollywood battlefield special effects, combat wound effects, medical
simulation systems like the “Cut Suit,” role players, subject matter
experts, and training scenarios to create training environments that are
the most unique in the industry. Over the last 14 years Strategic
Operations has provided Hyper-RealisticTM training
support to more than 750,000 military – and civilian first responders –
in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit


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